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Nutrition Research Guide

Start, improve, or complete your research by working smarter! Take advantage of these guide pages and tips on conducting research, finding , evaluating and citing your sources.

General tips for in-library use:

Books generally provide in-depth coverage on a subject, but because of the amount of time involved to write and publish, the information is not always up-to-the-minute. Look for books on the scientific and medical aspects of food and nutrition in the Q and R and TX sections of all the library's books : Reference, Circulating (3rd floor) and special collections.

Search the Library Catalog using the term Nutrition as a subject. Also use multiple concepts such as Nutrition and Diabetes as keywords to get more specific books.

Journals are shelved alphabetically on the 3rd floor, or will be online and searchable in a full-text research database. Journal articles are good sources for current information. Many journals are devoted to a specific field of study, such as Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. Articles appearing in these journals are much more authoritative than comparative newspaper articles as most journals have a very stringent peer  review process for submission.
Compared to books, journal articles tend to focus on a specific aspect of a topic and are less useful for general overviews or histories of a broad topic.